Dealing with Difficult Band Parents

Michael Stone has experienced interpersonal conflicts from both sides of the podium. 

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Larry Williams Encourages Representation

“The world of musicians is small,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. 

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Practical Tips for Traveling with Students

One of the most rewarding parts of participating in school music programs is the opportunity to travel. Whether for an invited performance or competition or as a spectator, the memories will last a lifetime.

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Q&A with Principal Jim Kuzma

Dr. Jim Kuzma, the principal of Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, fully credits performing arts for many of the school’s achievements. 

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Timeless Lessons from Larry Williams

"Being a 21st century artist is different than when I went to school,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. 

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Practice Effectively: Go Slow to Go Fast

Two of the most beneficial tools to help students learn music more quickly and with a higher level of quality are slow practice and gradual increases of music difficulty.

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The United Sound Method for Private Lesson Teachers

Inclusion is at the heart of United Sound, a peer mentoring program that provides musical performance experiences for students with special needs (called New Musicians). 

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10 Guidelines for 1st-Year Directors

Being a first-year music teacher is challenging. A big hurdle is applying the knowledge you gained during your formal education while building practical knowledge, which is usually learned on-the-fly once you enter the workforce.

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Positive Mental Health Strategies

The beginning of the school year is a good time for music educators to create a better routine for good mental health for themselves and their students.

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9 Strategies to Combat Burnout

When it comes to teaching and/or performing in the field of music, almost everyone has or will have to deal with “burnout,” which is a mental collapse due to stress.

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10 Tips to Start a Middle School Drumline

Middle school band is often where students begin their musical journey. It is a time when the three basic elements of music — rhythm, melody and harmony — begin to take shape and make sense to students. 

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Quick Start Guide to Dorico

Most music educators, choir directors, composers or music students have likely used a music notation program for a variety of reasons including:

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Electric String Ensemble Checklist

Electric string ensembles in school music programs are not the far-fetched idea they once were. 

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Cellist Mike Block's Musical Quest

“The quest to explore different traditions from around the world outside of classical music has really felt like a quest to discover more about myself,” says Mike Block. 

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Tips to Get the Most Out of a Conference

 

Tradeshows can be powerful ways for music educators to hone new skills, network and find inspiration. But as attendees go to sessions and roam exhibit halls, the experience can be overwhelming. 

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Assessments: Focus on Goals, not Grades

Music educators are no strangers to evaluation. Often, these evaluations happen when a cul­minating activity — like a festival, concert or recital — presents a finished product for consideration.

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Create A Chamber Program

Chamber ensembles allow students to practice and perform with like-minded musicians while providing camaraderie. 

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Q&A with Actor Erich Bergen

Every year I attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, D.C. 

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Letter to Myself: Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel is senior director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America and Yamaha Master Educator

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Resources for Online Teaching

Updated 4/8/2021 at 10:31 a.m. PDT

We want to do our part to help music educators as you explore options and search for resources to facilitate online teaching.

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